This coming 31st January marks the forty-first anniversary of that Day in 1969 when Beloved Avatar Meher Baba dropped His physical form. Over the years since then Amartithi has emerged as the chief event in the Trust’s annual calendar, attracting to Meherabad tens of thousands of Meher Baba’s lovers from throughout India and around the world.
The Amartithi commemoration proper runs from early afternoon on 30th January through about 1 p.m. 1st February; but really speaking it has begun already, as volunteers pour into Meherabad and begin to take up their duties. On the afternoon of 28th January, a small army of nearly one thousand volunteers will gather in the back veranda of Hostel D for the annual orientation meeting presided over by Trustees Jal Dastur and Shridhar Kelkar. And then we are off! As it has done over the last few years, again this year the Avatar Meher Baba Trust will be broadcasting presentations from the Amartithi Gathering at Meherabad, 30th January through 1st February 2010, through its web site (whose home page url is http//www.ambppct.org). Over 18 hours of live audio-video webcasts, hosted by Bob Fredericks, will feature highlight events, most of them on Meherabad Hill. In case you miss the live broadcast, you will also find on the web site highlight video clips available for download, as well as the audio files of Bhau Kalchuri’s talk in the late morning on the 31st and the arties that follow the silence at noon. Through the entire forty-eight hour period our web master Frank Bloise will be posting photographs.
If you want to drop in on the Meherabad Amartithi celebrations via cyberspace, go to the Trust web site, and from the home page, click on “AMARTITHI LIVE.” If you want to proceed directly, the url for the internet broadcast and schedule is:
The video and audio highlight clips can be found at:
The culmination of Amartithi, of course, is the fifteen-minute silence starting at twelve noon on 31st January; the two-hour period running from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the climax of the Gathering. Noon in Ahmednagar corresponds to:4:30 p.m. in Sydney; 2:30 pm in Shanghai; 10:00 a.m. in Teheran; 9:30 a.m. in Moscow; 7:30 a.m. in Paris; 6:30a.m. in London; 4:30 a.m. in Buenos Aires; 1:30 a.m. in New York; and 10:30 p.m. (30th January) in
The schedule for the live internet webcasts is as below:
January 30th 2010
3:00 p.m.-6 p.m.: Music Program
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.: Stage Performances
January 31st 2010
8:30 a.m.-12 noon: Singing by bhajan mandali of different Meher Centers
and “Welcome Address” by Bhau Kalchuri, Chairman
12-12:15 p.m.: Silence
12:15-1:00 p.m. Arties
3 p.m. until 7 p.m.: Music Program
8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.: Music and Stage Performances
February 1st 2010
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Music and Conclusion
Over the next few days, from time to time we will be sending announcements and updates as the program unfolds. To all Meher Baba’s lovers throughout the world, from your family here in Ahmednagar, salutations to Him, the Eternal One, the Highest of the High, Who descended into our night of ignorance so that we could come to know Him, and Who returned again to His Beyond State to awaken within us the longing to seek Him there.
– Ward Parks, for Trust Talk
26th January 2010
AMARTITHI OF MEHER BABA 31st JANUARY 2010
From 30 January to 1 February of each year a large number of visitors come to Meherabad to commemorate the day when Avatar Meher Baba’s dropped his physical form on 31st January 1969. The climax of the event takes place on Amartithi day itself when, for fifteen minutes, the assembled crowd keeps silence for fifteen minutes in honor of the physical passing of the Avatar of the Age at 12:15 p.m. During other parts of the day Songs and other Cultural activities follow, while the pilgrims take the Darshan of the Samadhi. For more information on how to stay at Meherabad during Amartithi, and request for Accommodation please view the Amartithi Circular issued by the Avatar Meher Baba PPC Trust.
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